1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 0 0 3 0 2 1 1 0 8 12 1
American League 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 10 2
Date July 10, 1951
Venue Briggs Stadium
City Detroit, Michigan
Managers National League - Eddie Sawyer (Philadelphia Phillies)
American League - Casey Stengel (New York Yankees)
Attendance 52,075
First pitch Ty Cobb
Television NBC
TV announcers Jack Brickhouse and Jim Britt
Radio Mutual
Radio announcers Al Helfer and Mel Allen
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The 1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 18th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 1951, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 8-3.


The 1951 game was originally awarded to the Philadelphia Phillies. The City of Detroit was celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1701 and requested to host the year's All-Star Game. Although the National League was scheduled to host the game in '51, the game was moved to Detroit.[1] The Phillies hosted the 1952 Game.

Long-time Tigers player Harry Heilmann died at age 56 in Detroit the day prior to the game. A moment of silence was observed in Heilmann's memory prior to the game's start.

The American League was 7-5 favorites to win the game. The ceremonial first pitch was delivered by Ty Cobb. Chico Carrasquel became the first Latin American player in Major League history to start in an All-Star game.[2]

Opening Lineups

National League American League
Player Team Pos Player Team Pos
Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies  CF Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox  CF
Alvin Dark New York Giants  SS Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox  2B
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals  LF George Kell Detroit Tigers  3B
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers  2B Ted Williams Boston Red Sox  LF
Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers  1B Yogi Berra New York Yankees    C
Bob Elliott Boston Braves  3B Vic Wertz Detroit Tigers  RF
Del Ennis Philadelphia Phillies  RF Ferris Fain Philadelphia Athletics  1B
Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers   C Chico Carrasquel Chicago White Sox  SS
Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies    P Ned Garver St. Louis Browns    P


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NL All-Stars 1 0 0 3 0 2 1 1 0 8 12 1
AL All-Stars 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 10 2
WP: Maglie   LP: Lopat   Sv: Blackwell
Home runs:
NL: Hodges, Kiner, Elliott, Musial
AL: Kell , Wertz
How the runs scored
Team Inning Play NL AL
NL 1st Ashburn scored on E4 1 0
AL 2nd Fain tripled, Berra scored 1 1
NL 4th Musial homered; Elliott homered, Hodges scored 4 1
AL 4th Wertz homered 4 2
AL 5th Kell homered 4 3
NL 6th Hodges homered, Robinson scored 6 3
NL 7th Robinson singled, Ashburn scored 7 3
NL 8th Kiner homered 8 3

Play-by-play at Retrosheet


  • The National League won its second straight contest for the first time in All-Star Game history, and also clobbered a record four home runs.
  • Venezuelan shortstop Chico Carrasquel became the first Latin American player to appear in an All-Star Game.
  • Ralph Kiner became the first All-Star player to hit a home run in three consecutive games.
  • Both leagues combined to hit six home runs, an All-Star record which has been tied but not yet broken.
  • Joe DiMaggio, who did not play due to a leg injury, would announce his retirement at the end of this season, making this his final All-Star selection.
  • Casey Stengel chose Bob Lemon instead of Bob Feller for his team, then Feller pitched his third no-hitter on July 1; the New York Times quoted Stengel as saying, "That cooks me. How could I know the guy was gonna pitch a no-hitter?"


  1. ^ Vincent, David; Lyle Spatz, David W. Smith (2001). The Midsummer Classic: The Complete History of Baseball's All-Star Game.  
  2. ^ Chico Carrasquel Obituary at The New York Times

Further reading

External links

  • Baseball Almanac: 1951 All-Star Game
  • MLB.com: 1951 All-Star Game